SIX days after giving birth by ‘C section’ to her first baby in the Royal Oldham Hospital, Jenny McGrane and her little one were behind the posts at the Vestacare Stadium watching Oldham beat Haydock in the Coral Challenge Cup.
It was a bitterly cold day and Jenny (30) ignored her parents’ advice, braving the elements with her baby so that she could support her favourite team in the Cup and introduce little Edward to the Roughyeds experience at the first available opportunity.
“In years to come I’ll be able to tell him that he was born at 4.31am on March 4, 2019 and at 3pm on March 10 he was at the Vestacare in his pram as the boys went down the tunnel,”
said proud Mum Jenny, who has been a home-and-away fan since she was aged seven.
Her Mum and Dad, Viv and Mike, are also keen supporters, Mike serving the club as official time-keeper.
Edward, who weighed in at 9lb 15oz, will be the youngest member of ‘Roary’s Pride’ when Jenny registers him for our new under-16s supporters club at the London Skolars game.
“Unlike me, he was born in Oldham so he’s a proper Roughyed.
“When he was weighed at birth we thought he would be a prop one day and that was confirmed with how quickly he put on weight after his birth. He’s 10lb 5 oz now but my Dad is convinced he’ll be a centre like Danny Grimshaw.”
Her first game was Oldham v Adelaide Rams at Boundary Park in July, 1997 — and she’s been hooked ever since.
“I was born and raised in Rochdale, where I still live, but my Dad and Grandad were Oldham-born. They used to go to Watersheddings together and when Grandad died I took over his season ticket.”
In the last couple of seasons she’s been attending games with her husband Danny’s four-year-old daughter Tamara, another potential member of ‘Roary’s Pride’.
Jack Holmes is Tamara’s favourite player because he wears No 4 — her age.
Jenny’s all-time favourite player is Adam Neal and, of the current squad, Lee Kershaw.
Her best-ever game was the 2015 promotion final against Keighley Cougars, closely followed by “a few games where we’ve finished on the winning side against Rochdale.”
She works as a letting agent for a Rochdale-based estate agency and likes nothing better than to see Roughyeds put one over on their derby rivals.
And her predictions for this year ?
“I think we’ll go up. We’ve got a good squad and all the new lads are gelling and looking as though they’ve been with us for years,”
So, from everyone at the club, heartiest congratulations to Jenny and Danny on the birth of Edward and belated birthday best to the ‘big’ little fella who, if his parents and grandparents have their way, will play for us one day.